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The Bayonne Rebels won a championship against the Jersey City Jets on Nov. 24.
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The Bayonne Rebels won a championship against the Jersey City Jets on Nov. 24.

Bayonne Rebels win league championship

On Nov. 24, the Bayonne Rebels football team won the league’s championship game, which was held at James J. Braddock Park in North Bergen.

The Bayonne Renegades Youth Football program’s heavyweight team squared off against the Jersey City Jets, in a nail-biter that went into overtime, and came out victorious with a 14-13 win.

Bayonne Library hosts lineup of holiday movies

The Bayonne Free Public Library announced its lineup of holiday movies, which will be screened from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Dec. 11: Rugrats Hanukkah

Dec. 18: Elf

On Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., the library will screen teen holiday movies.

Dec. 5: Love Actually

Dec. 12: Die Hard

Dec. 19: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Movies for the whole family will be screened on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m..

Dec. 10: Miracle on 34th St.

Dec. 17: White Christmas

Three arrested for alleged SUV theft

Three Bayonne men were arrested hours after they allegedly stole an SUV and attempted to flee on foot. The arrest occurred on Nov. 21 after officers followed a notification by On-Star which gave them the location of the vehicle.

The stolen vehicle was parked along a fence around 1241 JFK Blvd.

19-year-old Juan Hernandez and 18-year-old Jeremiah Ross, both Bayonne residents, exited the vehicle. Police Lt. Eric Amato said the two fled on foot before being apprehended a short while later.

During the investigation, police arrested a third suspect, 19-year-old Bayonne resident David Adbelnour, who was also allegedly involved in the theft. K-9 units picked up Adbelnour’s scent in the vehicle, according to Bayonne Police.

All three men were transferred to Hudson County Jail.

Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot winners move on to next division

The Bayonne Elks Lodge held the local portion of a national basketball shooting competition. Six young players from their respective age divisions will be heading to the first district competition, followed by state, regional, and national hoop shoots, which see a grand finale in Chicago.

Each participant got five practice shots, and earned points for every basket made out of 25 shots.

This year’s winners were Cedrig Aglipay and Breannalyn Matos of the 8-9 division; Paolo Zamora and Juliet Berlane of the 10-11 division; and Anthony Zamora and Caitlyn Gaetani of the 12-13 divisions.

NJ Assembly unanimously advances ban on Gay and Trans “panic defense”

The New Jersey General Assembly unanimously advanced legislation to band the gay and trans “panic defense,” putting the state on the path to becoming the ninth in the nation to prohibit the form of legal defense.

Gay and Trans “panic defense” is a legal strategy in which a defendant charged with a violent crime asks the jury to consider if a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity is to blame for that defendant’s violent reaction. Alleged perpetrator claim that their victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity is an excuse for a loss of self-control and subsequent assault or murder.

It is not a freestanding defense from criminal liability, but rather, a tactic used by defendants to attempt to strengthen their cases in the eyes of the jury. It is traditionally used in defenses of insanity, diminished capacity, or even as provocation, or self-defense, when defendants allege that their victims made sexual advances so frightening that they assaulted or killed their victims.

Dozens of defendants accused of murder and violent crime have historically been acquitted after using what had been described as a gay or trans “panic defense.”